Colts running back Nyheim Hines stumbled worryingly after taking a big hit on Thursday Night Football. Indianapolis ruled him out for the rest of the game.
Thursday Night Football broadcasts are building a bad reputation for concussions.
Just a couple of minutes into the game between the Colts and Broncos, running back Nyheim Hines took a hit and immediately looked unsteady on his feet. In a picture scarily similar to what infamously happened to Tua Tagovailoa, Hines stumbled and had to be held up by teammates and trainers while being evaluated.
The big difference between the Colts running back and the Dolphins quarterback? The former wasn’t allowed to return to play.
Nyheim Hines injury update: Colts running back in concussion protocol
Hines was officially ruled out of the rest of the game and entered the NFL’s concussion protocol, per Adam Schefter.
Here’s the hit that appeared to injure Hines as well as his stumbling afterward:
It’s terrifying to see a player like that. The NFL world can only hope Hines is taken care of by the medical professionals as carefully as possible.
The league certainly doesn’t want to face more criticism over the implementation of their concussion protocol after two weeks of facing heat over Tagovailoa’s handling.
Tagovailoa’s first apparent head injury, which the team claimed was a back problem, caused him to stumble around like Hines while the Dolphins faced the Ravens two weeks ago. He returned to play in that game and then started for Miami against the Bengals last Thursday. Another blow to the head resulted in Tagovailoa being immobilized on a stretcher on his way to the hospital for further evaluation. Fortunately, he was released from care by the end of the night but he remains in concussion protocol.